It was a rainy cold Sunday evening when we celebrated my 21st Birthday at the sophisticated vintage-themed restaurant in Silang, Cavite – Gourmet Cafe’s The Dining Room. We just sneaked a little family bonding to celebrate my special day with my little sisters before we head out to Makati.
Their place boasts its Lola’s House-feels theme: It’s like you’re at the house of Gran where there’s a lot of seats for incoming visitors (because everyone is her best friend), dance floor for dancing (every ballroom dance you’ll ever know), and yes ofcourse, there’s a loooot – like a looooot – of food.
It is a great place for every occasion – wedding or baptismal receptions, debuts, or even just like our small family dinner. It has a center stage designed for these events and loook at that sexy grand piano! (and the white lady playing it – just kidding, sissie!)
We were the only ones inside the restaurant so it felt like we rented the whole place just for my birthday! *kilig*
Now for the good & yummy part:
The ingredients for their food are freshly hand-picked from their farmland just beside their restaurant to which they offer scheduled visits so their customers can also appreciate their hard work put on planting to serve yummy eats with fresh and healthy ingredients.
This is Quattro Formaggi Pizza (Php 400) – Four Cheese Pizza with Roast Garlic. This is my fave pizza out of every pizza. Simple, yet so mouth-watering. Some pizza houses don’t get the right elasticity of those 4 cheeses but they (The Dining Room) topped it off! Their serving time is a little late than average because they bake their pizza just at the moment you order it (Just-In-Time). But mind you, it is worth the wait!
Another pizza just because. Meat Pizza (Php 450) – Italian sausage, ham, pepperoni, bacon in red sauce.
Mum always orders the healthiest out of menus – even at Restaurants where it is impossible to have any healthy food. She will always and always find something healthy out of anything. This time, she ordered Arugula Pesto Pasta (Php250) – yeep, healthy and weird stuff (which almost always makes you want to vomit).
Gyro (Php350) – pita wrapped sandwich with chicken & vegetables in tzatziki sauce. On the side is lettuce chips which you can separately buy at their store just outside the restaurant. You can also buy various dips & dressings (ranch, honey mustard, thousand islands) for these yummy babies.
Anddd my birthday cake!
Thanks, The Dining Room for an awesome pre-birthday Celebration!
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I always wanted to learn Calligraphy but I thought it was an expensive hobby. Just buying the nibs, holder, and ink will cost you a fortune. I was just a student when I became interested on doing it – didn’t have the chance to buy stuff because I used my allowance plainly for food and for school projects (or in other words, gala). I couldn’t find the inspiration to pursue it also because all subjects in my course requires a final output of research papers and theses. Ain’t nobody got time for other stuff, dude!
So now that I’m a working girl and I have all the control over my finances (and I always fall short heh heh), I sometimes treat myself into stuff like these. Luxuries in life. I always wanted to learn Calligraphy and today is always a great time to start! I went crazy again and I just went to Glorietta 5 after work and bought these cool stuff. Let’s get it on!
Calligraphy Basic Stuff I bought:
- Nibs – Php175 (3 pcs) Scribe Writing Essentials, Glorietta 5 | Php 90 The Craft Central, Greenbelt 5
- Holder – Php120, Scribe Writing Essentials, Glorietta 5
- Ink – Php275 Scribe Writing Essentials, Glorietta 5
- Penmanship / Exercise Book – Php390 Scribe Writing Essentials, Glorietta 5 | Php 180 The Craft Central, Greenbelt 5
Getting My Own Savings Account
Investments should be done when you still don’t have any responsibilities. NOW is the time to do so. I got mine when I was still in College and I still use it up to this day. I know banks in the Philippines give Junior Savings account if you’re 18 years old and below but I really pushed my way to get a real Savings Account (because the design seems more tolerable than the Junior one, heh heh RT much). Since I belong to the working class now, this is where I keep my savings especially from 52 week challenge; my own 8 week challenge and; 500 challenge.
- 52 week Challenge
This is an example of the 52 week challenge you can do on your own. You can settle with whatever is best comfortable with you. If you’re just starting on your work and your salary isn’t that high enough yet then you can just match it with just saving Php5.00 or Php10.00/ week. Just don’t forget to set it aside every week. 🙂
- 8 week Challenge
For this, I am saving 250/cut-off because I’m saving up to open a COL Financial account for Stocks. I want to start investing as early as today so I will have ample time to save up for my future. You can also set aside a portion of your Salary or Monthly allowance for something you want to buy or invest in beside the 52 week challenge.
- 500 Challenge
I also set aside Php500.00 every pay day for my investments in the future e.g. a house, or a car, or another degree. I just see to it that I save something for myself for future use.
I try to save as much as I can especially this time of my life because this is really the perfect time to save up so your future self and family won’t suffer. You will always be financially independent – never worrying for the future of your family or never limiting yourself in helping others as much as you want to because you have the resources.
PS. Don’t starve yourself in saving, just take what blessing is enough for you. Bes, di lahat sa’yo. Char-mander. Also, don’t stress yourself up – choose whatever plan you’re best comfortable in doing. Just enjoy the fulfillment of saving. 🙂
Hi 2016 Self – we’ve been through a lot and it has shaped us in ways we don’t know possible. We’ve been through ups that created us new memories we can add into our life line and downs which made us forget how wonderful life is. Still, we’re here and we’re moving forward. That’s what’s important, right? Learning to accept and continue life as we know it. These are my words to you and all the beautiful ladies out there who will have the courage to carry on their life despite every circumstances that tried to bring them down.
- Don’t settle for anything less than what you originally wanted. Be firm with your non-negotiables. Don’t settle for silver when you wanted gold. Don’t settle with pwede na. Babe, don’t degrade your standards just because someone gives some shit for you. That’s just trash compare to what should be truly yours. You are ever worthy of whatever you aspire for, so make it happen.
- Learn to walk away. ‘Second chances, they don’t matter. People never change’ (Hayley Williams on Misery Business) Set your soft and hard limits – yes fine, it’s okay to give second chances but it should end on that. Once the deed was done, it will happen again. Trust me. Get out of that destructive relationship. Walk away with dignity – for you to not lose yourself any further. You did your job, you gave all your love, and you did everything you can to make it work. If he doesn’t appreciate it still, it’s time to pack your bags and leave.
- Put yourself above anyone. No, it’s not being selfish but it’s about loving yourself so much as you have loved everyone else. When you love someone, you don’t want anyone, not even a single bee, hurt them and that’s what you will also do to yourself. Appreciate your strengths and embrace your weaknesses. Love yourself more when you feel like no one does. That is when no one can ever get near to hurt you.
- Learn to trust God more. It really, really works. My Tita once told me I was the happiest girl experiencing break-up. Well, maybe this is the reason why. I trusted God above anyone else. I let His love to numb whatever pain I was feeling. I let His love, and only His love, to reign in my heart and soul and it worked seemingly right for me. Do it and you’ll know how wonderful it is for your broken heart to be filled and reincarnated in God’s love.
- Don’t give up proven & tested relationships. Spend and cherish moments with your family and best friends even when it would cause an argument between you and your partner. They were there when he wasn’t around yet; they are there through the ups and downs of your relationships and; they will be there when he breaks your heart. They will always be there for you and you should always be there for them also. These are true relationships that you can keep forever.
Time and people may change and circumstances may seem to repeat and repeat again; but with what you’ve been through, you’re different now. You’re stronger. You’re better. You’re braver. You’re much more ready for something bigger this year.
Megaworld Corporation has the fastest recruitment I ever encountered – or maybe I was processed on a Saturday so there weren’t many applicants that day. Anyways, for all the aspiring applicants who wish to land a job in Megaworld (like ME!), here’s what I have for you. 🙂
Its HR Department is in Ground Floor, The World Centre, Sen. Gil Puyat Ave., Makati. If you are coming from Cavite (specifically in Pala-pala), you can take the Bus going to Lawton, get down at Dela Rosa, take the jeep going to Bel-Air or Washington – you’d see The World Center on your right. That’s the tall-glass building with the Megaworld Logo. You’ll see a list of all the companies at the front of their building and I think Megaworld is at the top of that list.
I originally applied for Purchaser, Management Analyst, and Sales Development Officer but was offered for a position Accounts Management Specialist. It’s a good start for my career and it gave me a bigger chance to get to the company so I told the HR I could consider. He assured me that if I wasn’t accepted for the position, he would endorse me to the department which I originally applied to. So it’s a win-win situation!
Their recruitment process consists of 5 stages:
- Registration/ Filling out Application Form
Once you get there, they would ask for your CV and you have to fill-out their Application Form. There is an essay part on the back so I advise you to be ready with your answers. 😉
- Examinations (Paper and Pen)
Their pre-employment examination is about language, logic, and an aptitude test. You have to finish the whole exam in 15 minutes.
- Initial Interview
Since the position I considered was an ASAP hiring one, I proceeded with the initial interview once they released my scores in the examinations.
These are the questions I was asked:
- Tell me something about yourself.
- Why did you choose to study [your course]?
- Among your majors, where are you excelling?
- Where are you currently residing?
- With whom are you residing?
- How many are you in your family?
- If you would be offered a job in Megaworld, what is your standard travel time? What will be your ways of travelling (commute or by car)?
- Are you willing to work in Uptown BGC?
- Are you willing to work on Saturdays?
- Are you willing to render overtime?
- When can you start?
- What are your strengths?
- What are your weaknesses?
- What is your expected salary?
- Would you like to ask me anything?
- Second Interview
I was directed to their office at the 28th floor for the second interview. The ambience was very different from the office at the ground floor. That’s where my fear kicked in – heh, but I stayed as calm as I could so I wouldn’t stutter in my interview. My interviewer was the HR of their Accounting Department and she asked the following questions:
- Tell me something about yourself
- You are originally applying for Purchaser, Management Analyst, and Sales Development Officer. Why the sudden change? ( Well, I just had to be honest on this and told her I was just endorsed to apply for the position)
- You wrote P15,000 for your expected salary, why is that? Why not P14,000, why not P16,000?
- Where did you get your data (for the salary)?
- Tell me something about your OJT
- What can you contribute to the company?
- Why should we hire you?
My interviewer was quite intimidating because she kept on “mmm-ing” (in a doubting manner) whenever I answered her questions but I kept composed and just got through the interview. Not me, interviewer, not me. :3
- Final Interview
PS. It’s less than a week after my second interview with them (JobStreet said it has an average of 2 weeks of processing time) and I am waiting for a call for my final interview. All hopes for Megaworld! 🙂
I have an update blog about this. Click below and let’s go there! ♥
We hate Mondays. They are the evilest among all of the days of the week. This is when never-ending paper works and assignments are to be passed and the most horrible duty of the day is waking up early in the morning after 2 days of pure succumbing to the four-foot, square-shaped, soft-cushioned best friend of all – the bed.
Monday is also when half of our allowances are spent. Some of us receive our baon monthly, weekly, daily – depende sa trip ng magulang mo [depends on the mood of your parents]. Well, for me I receive it weekly so I always feel rich on Mondays and a beggar on Fridays. My crazy bunch of friends always invites the whole gang to eat in fancy restaurants on Mondays and because everyone haaates Mondays, we are always convinced to go – no justifications needed. That is why on Wednesdays, we are limited to only one meal a day (those P50 value meals in the University Cafeteria) even though our classes end at 5pm every day. For Thursdays and Fridays, we would just end up buying 4 pcs. kwek-kwek and large buko juice for our lunch. Pity on us, right? Ha,ha.
However, if I was saving up for something I really really wanted to buy but my parents won’t for me, I had my ways. 🙂 What’s the use of majoring in Business if you don’t have the urge to start a business every single day of your life? [ I major in Business Operations Management so maybe this was only for me and all of the Business Majors but of course this is all applicable to all Kolehiyala and Kolehiyolo[? YOLO! Hahaha] out there! ]
- Selling Notes
There are really those annoying lazy classmates who doesn’t write even a single letter on their notebooks and when there will be exams, they’d go to you and photocopy your notes a hundred times. And you think to yourself, “all those inks I’ve spent, dizzying board-to-notebook (repeat several times) eye exercises, building calluses on my fingers, and they would have my hard-earned written knowledge without any effort? NO! I demand a talent fee! That is genuine talent, you guys!”
I did this and priced my work of art P2 per page (if it is not a major subject) and P5 per page (if it is a major or math subject). It’s really up to you how you’re going to price yours; lazy and needy people will come anyway!
PS. Sometimes I’m one of the annoying lazy class mates also. So, no hate on everyone! Heh heh 😉
- Online Business in Instagram or Facebook
Since I’m a Business Operations Management major, almost all of our subjects require us to sell something on something. Like for our Technical Application subject, we were required to sell whatever we like on Facebook and we should be able to accumulate a profit out of it. We sold various clothing like skater skirts, corsets, statement shirts which were trendy back then. Our customers were mostly inside the campus because it required no shipping fee and holding fee which was easier for us. This was the start for me – after this experience, I built an online shop together with my best friend and another one with my boyfriend – now ex. I earned almost P10,000 for both shops during the 3 months of its existence. Sadly, these two worked out a little bit but didn’t managed to reach its peak because every time I or my partner would get busy on something in school and the management of the shop would be the first to be given up.
Instagram and Facebook are both great platforms for online business venturing (my thesis is about this: Instagram: A Platform for Online Business Venturing). Of course, as a student, we would not have enough funds for a capital – luckily, there are so many suppliers in Instagram and Facebook who allow you to use their photos for your display and supply you with their products if there are orders from you. I met great suppliers from Instagram (I used Instagram more often that FB for my online shops) and they allowed me to use this trick. You just have to be careful to choose who your supplier is going to be. You should choose someone who is near you and is a direct supplier. There is a great risk that you’d get a pricier one if you get your items from an indirect supplier. And yes of course, you can personally message me and I’d be super happy to help you start your own online shop! 🙂
- Network Marketing/Direct Sales
You can join in some of the accredited Network Marketing in your place and there’s a great chance of you earning money fast if you will be able to manage it properly. There are advantages and disadvantages joining this and you just have to weigh it for yourself. Unlike online business, this requires money for capital (or as they call it: pay in). I have some of my closest friends earning huge amount in this kind of business.
For my case, I joined a Life Insurance Company here in the Philippines. But before this, I was a member also of Network Marketing but I figured out that it was not for me. I was able to weigh the pros and cons for me; did try to work it out to the best I can but it really was not what I wanted to do. So then, I ventured into another type of business – the financial consultancy area. To be honest, it was too much for me – I was really the most newbie of all the newbies. When I attended my Basic Training Course, I was the youngest and my age difference to everyone was 5-20 years. But then, when I finished it and learned the basics and most of the complex details about the company, I was really astonished of the capability of the company and the importance of Life Insurance Policies. It was life-changing and I’m an earning member for a year now! 🙂
- Selling last semester’s books to lower years or selling last year’s clothes
In our University, we have annual book selling and there you can sell books you will not use anymore. Almost all of the students purchase books here because it is cheaper and sometimes the book has answers on it already! If your university doesn’t have this, then why don’t you start your own? Advertise the book you’re selling to groups or pages of your batch, classes or the student councils’. You just have to let the buyers know what you’re selling then eventually someone out there will message you and buy from you! 🙂
Same goes to the clothes you want to sell because it’s already outdated. But I suggest you advertise it on Instagram and Facebook also – nobody will pay attention to that on your school pages – Feeling Rich Kiddos and the Truly Rich Kiddos don’t want any of that, we both know that. You will see a lot of Preloved Items offered in IG & FB and you just have to create your own strategy on selling them – you can have promos like: 2 for the price of 1, freebies, free something for every P200 purchase, the craziest you can think of as long as you will still have the profit you aim for! 🙂
And this is how I managed to earn and save up in my 4 amazing years in college! How about yours?
I know it’s a bit scary starting any of these ways and I would always be one mail away to help ya! Let’s discuss about strategies over my favorite, cupcake and tea!!!! 🙂
Talk to you soon! ❤